Tourists cannot swim on the beaches of Koh Samui in Thailand “for natural reasons”: the water on Maenam Beach has become cloudy and smelly not at all because of the oil spill, officials say. The reason for the turbidity and unpleasant smell is allegedly a plankton bloom, the director of the Koh Samui harbor administration, Arun Buppako, said in Thai media.
“Photos of the murky green water on the beach show dead plankton floating on the surface of the water. Also, our employees inspected the area and found no oil spills,” he said. However, he added that the active plankton bloom could be facilitated by “sewage that is discharged into the sea. “They act as nutrients for plankton, causing them to multiply rapidly. When the oxygen in the water is depleted, the plankton die, turning the sea water green.
He also stated that, in theory, plankton blooms are not dangerous for tourists – only some sensitive people from swimming in such water may develop a rash. However, he admitted that it was unpleasant to enter the muddy smelly water. The official also reassured tourists that the situation should return to normal in 4-7 days.
Recall that at the end of this week, tourists began to complain about the state of the beaches of this famous Thai island. According to them, the spill of a “cloudy and smelly” liquid, presumably oil from a tanker that crashed, made the beaches unsuitable for swimming. As the German tourist said, he came to the beach to sunbathe and swim, but as soon as he entered the water, he “felt an unpleasant smell emanating from the sea.” “The water was brown and looked oily, so I didn't dare to go in,” says the German. He is supported by a French tourist who said she was “very disappointed” that she did not manage to swim on the beach. “The state of the water is terrible,” she said. She had to replace water procedures with Thai massage. Read the details at this link.
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